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Amazon sets FIRE to your living room in bid to shake up TV streaming

goldcd

Indeed

See also the Adreno.

Not as if software decoding of your film was going to hammer your battery.

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HTC One M8: Reg man takes spin in Alfa Romeo of smartphone world

goldcd

Indeed

My sole use for that remote, has been to hijack TVs.

You can even setup locations for the different controller setups.. I assume these were supposed to be rooms not hostelries.

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White House may ditch BlackBerry, adopt LG or Samsung, ignore Apple

goldcd

My own view

is that nothing of any great worth was ever sent from a handheld device of any brand/OS.

You simply cannot work from a phone sized device.

Blackberry got their devices out first and allowed VPs to roam the earth banging out sentences of such utter banality that they were noticed and ridiculed by all " *bollocks* from the Blackberry of xyz" etc. Impressive status symbol for them, hated by the rest of us.

What they were actually useful for, was just to allow people to keep in touch when we all got one, what critical mail has come in, what meeting has just appeared whilst I was mid-lunch etc. This was BB's golden age.

This basic stuff we all actually need is now available everywhere and BB is now just tilting at windmills - I'm sure the Q10 is the best device out there to write a poly-paragraph diatribe on how your company should address the market - but step back, and you simply shouldn't be writing stuff like this on something you just pulled out of your pocket whilst pondering your next duty-free swiss luxury watch.

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NSA 'hunted sysadmins' to find CAT PHOTOS, high-level passwords

goldcd

Indeed

The entire revelations could be summed up as "We want to spy on people and seem to have unlimited budget and nobody's going to stop us - what d'you think we should try next?"

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MtGox finds 200,000 Bitcoin in old wallets

goldcd

Yes

If by the action of losing it in the first place, you'd managed to massively reduce its value..

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Is no browser safe? Security bods poke holes in Chrome, Safari, IE, Firefox and earn $1m

goldcd

Indeed

But misses out on three key thoughts:

1) This software had holes in it, and this has just been demonstrated. It doesn't indicate that this is the first time the hole has been exploited.

2) These people got paid for finding *a* zero-day. Finding these flaws doesn't indicate that all the holes have been found

3) Bounties have been paid out for finding these, but worth of these defects is potentially many many times more on the open market - so why claim the reward?

Vupen (and their ilk) base their livelihoods on selling on these exploits privately. The benefit reaped by these contestants is winning isn't the prize, but a seat in the premier league of exploit resellers (and I accept this is assuming they're all the money-grabbing-gits I'd be if I was in their position).

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Elon Musk slams New Jersey governor over Tesla direct sales ban

goldcd

An excellent podcast

from NPR's Planet Money (well worth subscribing to) details US car dealerships:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2013/02/12/171814201/episode-435-why-buying-a-car-is-so-awful

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Beta tasting: The Elder Scrolls Online preview

goldcd

*stares at the screenshots*

I can't be the only one with an issue with beige. I mean I'm not expecting you all to desire a Sega-blue-sky (I do, but I'm not normal). But... ffs... If you're going to spend hours staring at something, at least make it visually appealing.

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Why can’t I walk past Maplin without buying stuff I don’t need?

goldcd

I detest the place and rebuke every voyage to them

In summary every trip to Maplin is an indication of my own inability to plan or resist instant gratification.

There is absolutely nothing they can provide that isn't available cheaper on Amazon prime. Lunchtime trips are solely due to me *needing something* that couldn't be in my hand within 24 hours.

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Slash tuition fees for STEM students, biz boss body begs UK.gov

goldcd

erm it's simpler than that.

Just make tuition debt tax deductible.

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goldcd

But conversely, with my utilitarian hat on

Surely it's better to have a load of STEM graduates at 16k a year, than a load of <insert personal bete-noire qualification>?

Surely the current issue is that if any degree is going to land you in £27k+ of debt and whatever job you may get at the end of it is going to be £16k a year, then you're just going to pick something fun.

If there's every any hope of this f'in mess being sorted out, then at least having a work-base with some tangible skills is more beneficial.

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Candy Crush King plans IPO valuing it at $7.6 BEEELLION

goldcd

Hold on..

"$567.6m last year on revenue of $1.88bn"

wtf have they managed to spend $1.2 billion on?

Only thing I can think of is the Tv advertising (was quite shocked to hear the Candy Crush music coming out of my TV). Maybe they developed CC originally as a AAAA FPS, on a console they designed themself, made entirely on quantums - before they ported it back to iOS...

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Got a Netgear router from Virgin Media? Change your admin password NOW

goldcd

Not quite sure why all the downvotes.

I read it as "If you use it for a while, you'll get sick of it, and quite likely buy a proper router".

I'm not criticizing the customers, but the router Virgin hand out.

I had annoying problems with it for ages - mediocre performance (but I was OK with that - it was free), but performance used to continuously degrade and then magically restore on a reboot.

Bit the bullet, bought a "bells and whistles" Asus and very happy. Asus is a great router, and now the Virgin box is just working as a modem, it's been faultless.

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Wii got it WRONG: How do you solve a problem like Nintendo?

goldcd

Game-wise, fantastic

Sit the plastic box next to a PS1.. well one of them looked 'a bit less cool'

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Sony's PlayStation 4 pwns Xbox in the United States

goldcd

I can't be alone

but this is the first console generation that's made me upgrade my PC.

Normally I mutter for about PC supremacy, and then cave on the shiny bells&whistles/exclusives and pick up a new console 'as well'

My take-away sentiment on this generation is that they're both bitching over which can actually run what at 1080, whilst users are revolting over the nickel-and-diming micro-transactions.

I already feel somewhat pissed over mobile failing to deliver the games I was promised (If it's good I'll pay up-front, you offer to sell me 'diamonds' and I'm out forever). The very appearance of this on next-gen consoles has just curdled my interest.

It's not now so much that my PC gives me an extra few pixels, it's that it's the last refuge of what I used to love about games. The recent influx of AAA-indie has also helped - but it still feels like I'm clutching my mouse with my back to the wall.

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Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

goldcd

|'m not quite sure I get it

Yes - the updated design is stunning and I'll go as far as revolutionary.

However, I can't help but feel the advantages of the new format are all aesthetic.

i.e. there's no reason all that new and shiney chippery couldn't have been put inside a more conventional 'box' with exactly the same performance and possibly a minor cut in price.

Putting the price aside, there seems to be a very large trade-off that's been assumed users want between footprint and ability to upgrade.

An iMac looks very swish and neat on the receptionist's desk - but for the power users I'm not quite sure how they're expected to justify the cost.

Seems a product pitched towards those that don't have to explain the cost..

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Scotland to test mobe signals slammer jammer

goldcd

Surely 'blocking' is a bit of a sledgehammer?

It's already possible to get a rough fix on the co-ordinates of a phone. Why not ask the providers to indicate which phones seem to be in, and stay in, prisons?

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Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

goldcd

Or to look at it the other way

You pay your ISP to make the internet come to you. If you want Netflix to come to you, then it's your ISP's job to get your Netflix stream to you (i.e. get their peering, or better still caching, working)

I think the problem is a matter of ignorance by the vast majority of consumers.

How fast is the number in bold at the top, and how much does it cost me - and that's about as far as it goes.

To fix this we need a couple of things. Mandatory service levels and some better benchmarking - Netflix naming and shaming is a start, but I'd suspect Verizon aren't seeing a pile of notice-to-quit letters piling up.

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Google pulls Chrome extensions after new owners subvert web tools

goldcd

Hold on

"The company could, of course, take the Apple route and lock down its software distribution to a single store where all apps are tightly checked before release."

I thought that's exactly what they were doing, and all extensions now had to be distributed via their store - you can no longer side-load them.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

goldcd

Yup

I *liked* Windows 7.

I *like* the idea of Metro for tablets, phones etc. I even *like* the design of it - Just don't slap it on my f'in desktop please.

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Didn't get a Nook for Xmas? That's OK, hardly anyone else did, either

goldcd

^^not my actual opinion

but tax-bleaters really get on my tits.

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goldcd

According to amazon.co.uk's snarky messages

If I buy a book for my Kindle, that's 20% straight HMRC in VAT. Buy a physical book from a 'shop' (online or otherwise) and whilst there may be the odd few pence in corporation tax handed over at the end of the year, but it ain't going to be 20% of gross retail.

Buy a physical book from your local store - you're practically pissing on the chips of the children of a single-mother-on-benefits.

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Twitter mobs attack wrong celebrity Ian Watkins after child abuse case

goldcd

Mixed up with this incident?

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/oct/29/vigilante-murder-paedophile-bristol-bijan-ebrahimi

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Prime Minister David Cameron in TWITTER HOOKER SHAME

goldcd

I think it just auto-follows

He's following me, and 365k other people..

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Valve shows Linux love with SteamOS for gamers

goldcd

From my position of ignorance - this seems a fine idea.

I've been back in love with my gaming PC for the last few years (console exclusive of GTA V aside, whose purchase of which I'm still feeling a bit pissy over).

Downstairs I have my big TV, my surround sound, my Cable box, my Western Digital streamer etc - and my 360 I once loved with a lapsed Gold account and (GTA aside) a pile of plastic instruments as its only purpose to exist.

I look at the new consoles with a yawn and resolve I want a Steam box down there to replace them all.

...Just don't really want a Steam box as that's a pile of cash when I have my pride and joy sitting upstairs.

I was tempted by the nVidia Shield, but then finally twigged I'd only every use it to play games spooled off my PC, whilst I sprawled on my sofa (with my perfectly good TV and 360 pad sat around doing nothing).

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First look: Apple iPhone 5S and 5C

goldcd

I'm with you and I'm not an iphone user

If the thing works well (and is accepted as being secure), then I want a fingerprint scanner on my next phone.

AAll manner of clever stuff could be added. E.g. upload a hash of your fingerprint onto the cloud with the rest of your data and then.. oh I dunno. You touch your friends scanner and it adds your contact details to their phone. You touch the scanner, and it syncs your entire iphone onto it? Your child touches it, and they get launched into a safe/non-microtransaction/educational game only account etc etc.

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Apple CEO Cook: 'We're not in the junk business'

goldcd

I disagree

Apple provide premium tech products, for people who aren't too bothered about tech, have the money and just want the damn thing to work.

If you're willing to hunt about you can always find something cheaper or better or more innovative - but they have that sweet spot they sit in where their customers haver confidence with them and they deliver well.

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Headmaster calls cops, tries to dash pupil's uni dreams - over a BLOG

goldcd

Google won't tell me if I'm right

but I got a bit of deja-vu on the photo and the name, on a BBC news story tonight regarding the upcoming planned teachers strikes.

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Boffinry breakthrough OF THE DECADE: Teens 'influenced' by friends

goldcd

Cause or effect?

If I drink and smoke

I'm more likely to hang out with people who drink or smoke

So I'm more likely to be facebook friends with people who drink or smoke

So I'm more likely to see pictures of people drinking and smoking.

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It's official: Apple sends out invitations for September 10 event

goldcd

You're the one that read the article

and felt compelled to comment (as I also did, I will happily admit).

We're all suckers for what Apple'll do next - and I also agree with every point you made.

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WIN a RockBLOCK Iridium satellite comms module

goldcd

Clitoris

Cut Line, Immediate Termination Order Relayed In Style

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goldcd

OOh purty box

Mission All Fucked Immediate Abort

Button being slang for a Mafia member as well.

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Moto X teardown shows US manufacturing adds mere $4 to handset costs

goldcd

Import Duty

No idea what the tax system is like in the US, but I remember reading this when I got my Raspberry Pi.

http://www.raspberrypi.org/archives/509

Basically merely from a tax point of view, it's cheaper to get the bits all soldered together abroad, than so the soldering here.

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Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report

goldcd

God I wish you weren't right

Didn't like the logo on the back of the case and was convinced I would turn off the fancy graphic-equalizer the moment I booted up the phone... but I didn't...

Still wouldn't be seen dead wearing the ear/head phones - but *small voice* - I do like how it sounds.

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Possessed baby monitor shouts obscenities at Texas tot

goldcd

Re: Huh?

[a-z]{2}[0-9]{4}.myfoscam.org

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goldcd

Re: Huh?

I picked up a very similar (if maybe slightly less 'no-name' as it has clones) Foscam.

Actually pretty damn good for the money, but does come with both a built in dynamic dyns service with a pre-specified address and upnp.

I can't remember what the default setup was, but I guess it only takes a few mis-clicks in the config and inability to setup a secure password and a ping sweeper with regex... ooh there's a fun task for me this evening :)

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Xbox One users will have to pay extra for Skype and gamer-gratifying DVR

goldcd

No idea where this surprise is coming from

As seems exactly the same policy as on the existing Xbox360.

I switched back to my PC for gaming a few years ago and just let my gold subscription lapse. No problem, if I want to play online games I'll sign up again.

Recently signed up to Netflix and thought "Oh, I think my 360 supports that" - installed the client and was promptly told that it wouldn't run until I purchased gold.

You might not like it, but Xbox policy would seem to be "anything that comes over that network socket, apart from game purchases and patches requires gold"

Personally don't really have an issue with it - just if they came out and simply said it, then life would be easier for all.

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BlackBerry slides crown jewels into Samsung: BBM Android app touted

goldcd

Re: Too little, too late.

Hmm.

Maybe look at it the other way - you liked you BB, but all your BBM friends have jumped ship to an iphone and now you've nobody to talk to on BBM. That's a pretty good reason to bin the BB and join them.

If your iphone buddies are using BBM and you happen to like your BB, you'll keep it, or maybe even buy a shiney new one.

Still - suspect it's all too late, and they're all on Whatsapp already.

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Virgin Media blames scruffy students for HUGE drop in cable subscribers

goldcd

Throttling connections can't help in shared houses.

At least I can choose to download 10 gigs now, or later.

Share with half a dozen other people, who are born into the IP-on-demand world, and you'll get home and find they've eaten your bandwidth. Doesn't help that pretty much all TV is consumed through the ubiquitous student laptop (although I curse their youth for not having to trail ever more complex configurations of RF cable and boosters around the place, just to get passable reception on your 14" TV).

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SAP boss cops jail time plea after Lego barcode bust

goldcd

Indeed - I feel sorry for the guy

I mean OK, you've managed to get $100 off the price, but taking into account the time it must have taken him to do this, run the ebay sales, pay their fees etc etc. Well I can't even see the hourly rate being that good, let alone what he'd get from work..

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Asus staggers into summer heatwave thirsty for sales, sweating profit

goldcd

I love their stuff

From my motherboard to my Nexus 7. They're not 'sexy' - but they make bullet proof and excellently engineered stuff.

I got an email from them a while ago to fill in a questionnaire about 'Asus' - from memory it had the standard are you considering buying, what do you feel about Asus, and then descended into a mess of have you heard of "really badly named consumer product" and a load of guff about how they could alter their brand image.

If anybody from Asus is reading this. I *like* your brand image (you can take my opening sentence as your strapline if you wish). The problem is simply that I'm in the 1% of people who've ever heard of you.

Selling components is horrible - if you do a good job, you can always be undercut on cost. Make good stuff, hand out stuff to the geeky channels to review and you'll be fine. If I had one suggestion, it's that you stop selling half a dozen 'flavours' of the same product?

If you want to compete with Samsung and Apple, then you just need to get your stuff out there. N7 was a success as it had the google brand (OK, you're still working on that), was a great device, at a great price, with easy to understand versions (memory size & 3G - which we all understand in this iphone world).

Just do this again. Choose a gap in the market, create a product with a few models, write off any inclination to make a profit, and flog the thing through as many channels as possible - get it into shops.

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HTC warns of likely loss next quarter

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Samsung are as bad

My S3 stopped working after 8 months - just boot looped whilst in my pocket.

After a couple of days I managed to get Samsung to take it back. Week later I get a letter "Cost to replace broken screen £130"... Phone up the repair company to let them know my screen was pristine, and if it's broken it must have happened in shipping. Unfortunately they can't check as they sent the phone back to me at the same time as they sent me the letter.

So, back on the phone to Samsung (hidden option #6 if memory serves, having given up on their online form system from hell).

No we can't take it back, as you broke the screen.

No, I didn't break the screen, it's infront of me completely unbroken.

Well that may be what you say.

You calling me a liar?

No, but we can't take it take it for repair, as the screen is broken.

Eventually they did take it back (after I'd promised I'd pay for any re-inspection they thought required), this time it went to another repair company. This time they just returned it to me immediately with a note saying that due to water damage the phone is uneconomical to repair.

So, back on the phone to them. Seemingly the best they could offer was that I could drop it off at one of a few qualified electrical engineers and pay them to produce a report on my phone....

I eventually decided that I just need a phone - so I currently have an HTC One, which I love to bits. Especially after the last update, which has seemingly doubled the battery life (although it was quite shocking before when you put it under any load).

The S3 is still sitting there on a shelf mocking me. The sensible thing would be to keep on bugging Samsung, but I just can't summon the energy. The rational thing would be to ebay it as-is for parts, but god-damnit, Samsung owe me a phone.

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The Old Reader evicts Google Reader refugees

goldcd

Re: Digg It

Indeed.

Personally I landed with Feedly - but no great loyalty on my part yet.

Actually, that's quite unfair of me, they've nearly filled the gaping void left by Reader, and haven't tried to tap me for anything yet (despite my being reasonably open to it).

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Leap Motion Controller: Hands up for PC air gestures. That's the spirit

goldcd

Mine arrived yesterday

I ordered the thing on impulse driven by:

a) That looks pretty damn cool

b) It's not really that much

Spent a happy couple of hours playing with it and I'm quite impressed with it. Does what it says on the tin and it tracks my fingers - basically what the kinect promised on a macro scale and quite spectacularly failed to deliver.

I'm a bit torn when I read the reviews - I pretty much agree with most of what they say, but as far as I'm concerned they're somewhat missing the point. It's not currently a productive tool and any review judging it on this will end in criticism - it's a toy.

What I'm impressed by is not the software, it's the hardware - *it* does what it's supposed to perfectly. We're now just waiting for the software to use it properly.

Quite a lot of the criticism seems to be around that the UI varies by app - that's fair if you were say looking for a mouse replacement - but surely nobody sane was. I'm just interested to see how different designers can leverage the excellent hardware - and more than happy to indulge all manner of failed attempts on the way.

The foundations look pretty damn good and I'm looking forward to all the frivolous edifices that can be built on top.

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Chromecast: We get our SWEATY PAWS on Google's tiny telly pipe

goldcd

I think this might work..

Ages back I got a WD Live streaming box for my TV and found a YouTube app nestled away with Netflix and all the 'junk' plugins. I thought nothing of it until I randomly fired it up one day and realized I could 'pair' it with youtube on my phone.

Seems to work in the same way - I browse/select/queue stuff on my tablet/phone and then my WD just gets the content pushed onto it. Doesn't sound that exciting - but was actually quite an enjoyable way to spend an evening with out new video jukebox playing away.

Chromecast seems to be the next step in this process - not just youtube, but 'android' (potentially) as a whole.

Bit that would be really nice, and I assume on Google's radar, is bolting some aggregation app over the top. Say I want to watch a film or program, I search for it. It seems I have Lovefim and netflix installed so polls them. Doesn't find a match then maybe polls your catchup services or amazon prime. Doesn't find a match, then it polls Pay-on-demand services - sky, google themselves etc.

I love IPTV, I love video on demand - but they're all currently in their little silos. Absolute pain in the arse loading an app, searching for something that isn't there, loading another app etc.

Seems a similar concept to the Xbox One, just without the honking great console bolted on - and if anybody can do it, it's Google.

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Sean Parker: 'My fairy-tale wedding harmed no trees'

goldcd

I've got sympathy for him

May not be to my own taste - but if you've got the cash and that's what you (or the missus) want...

He may have made some mistakes, but who hasn't and it sounds like he'd put some effort in.

Oh ffs, I just look around at all the problems in the world, and can't see how this even registers..

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Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

goldcd

I'd wondered why he went to HK

Although thinking about what happened, it might make some sense.

I assume what he wants to avoid is legal extradition, or extraordinary rendition. Avoiding extradition isn't too hard, but the US have got pretty good at the second. Best defence on that count is to ensure that it would not be politically acceptable - get some good publicity out there (he's blown the whistle on something that's unconstitutional, but as far as I'm aware hasn't put people at risk). Then maybe get some backing from some large non-US countries. They get to host him for a while and demonstrate their commitment to free-speech and raise some pertinent pot/kettle questions with the US. He then moves on before it gets too diplomatically sticky.

e.g. Whilst I'm not expecting China to offer him refuge, if the US were to take any action against him, I'm sure the accusations the US has been making to China about their own dissidents might pop up.

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Facebook RSS reader said to uncloak June 20

goldcd
WTF?

Yep

I'm still utterly bemused as to why google is shutting reader down. I'm undoubtedly naive, but it never struck me as something that was costing millions to support. It was just a nice simple tool that worked really well (and surely gave google wonderful information on what stories interested me, and which didn't).

Not just the Reader platform itself, but the way other apps could be plugged into it - get a new podcast player and it just took a couple of clicks to point it to me reader profile to get all my feeds.

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Vodafone Oz launches '100 Mbps' 4G service

goldcd

I'll go first - what's the point of LTE?

I mean I know from the operators point of view - it's a more more elegant and efficient system - but does anybody actually need this much bandwidth on their phone?

3G does me just fine for my mail, spotify and the odd bit of video streaming (and for this I'm usually using wifi) - what service do we have that actually requires LTE?

And, if this service did exist, it would be so massively expensive due to the operators retaining their old charges.

I can see it being extremely useful to provide pockets of 'internet' to homes in areas without cable/decent quality copper, but that's about it.

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Interwebs taunt Sir Jony over Apple eye candy makeover

goldcd

Leave the guy alone

I'm prone to bouts of Android-fanboyism, but I like the new icons.

Some of them like the settings sliders are pretty self-evident (I never quite understood how interlocked cogs represented adjustable settings) - and some of them (which I frankly have no idea what they do) are just damn-pretty. Press it a couple of times, you'll know what it does. Wait a couple of months and we'll all have osmotically picked it up.

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